Get ready for the new normal

The finance ministry’s proposals for a review of taxes, exemptions and other belt-tightening measures have naturally set off consternation amongst the public.

The ministry’s quite preliminary proposals are particularly off-putting as they come at a time when an uncomfortably high number of Batswana are struggling with unemployment, poverty and access to economic opportunities.

The facts, however, are that higher taxes and fewer exemptions will inevitably become the new normal in an era where the country’s main revenues, such as from diamond mining, are on the decline.

Editor's Comment
Masisi should avoid diplomatic tensions

Mokgweetsi Masisi’s recent spats regarding the supposed involvement of Eswatini and South Africa in accommodating former president Ian Khama have sparked concerns about the potential ramifications on diplomatic relations. While transparency is valued, it must be accompanied by strategic communication to mitigate unintended consequences.President Masisi’s comments during a diplomatic heads meeting have drawn attention to the delicate balance...

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